Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The little President that couldn't


George W. Bush, having convincingly demonstrated his utter incompetence in subduing Iraq and saving the American economy from itself, now argues that we must hand the United States over to Third World invaders because he is incompetent to remove them.

El Presidente's latest ploy to revive a sneak-through amnesty for illegals on behalf of big business interests, in whose pockets he travels like a baby kangaroo, is to proclaim that "massive deportation of the people here is unrealistic. It's just not going to work." (Tip of the hat to Randall Parker at ParaPundit.)

Sorry, Señor Bush, but that's a con and we see through you.

No one is advocating a round-up and deportation of the 12 to 20 million illegals in the country. There is a much easier and more effective way to accomplish the same goal. If we enforce the laws against hiring illegals -- an unthinkable notion to Señor Bush, but not to most of the Americans he considers irrelevant -- and stop rewarding border jumpers with welfare for them and automatic citizenship for their litters, the "unstoppable" flow will reverse direction. Take away the punchbowl and the party guests start to head home.


The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) takes El Presidente to task for claiming a false set of alternatives.

"President Bush is using the mass deportation argument as a political straw man," charged Dan Stein, president of FAIR. "The fact of the matter is that no one has seriously suggested that we deport 12 million people. Nevertheless, the president continues to attack this straw man, while he refuses to exercise any of the powers he already has at his disposal to enforce the nation's immigration laws, protect American workers, and defend the homeland security of this nation."

Under the current administration, interior and work site enforcement have been virtually abandoned with the exception of extremely isolated and highly publicized raids such as ones that occurred last week. ...

"In reality, the choices we have before us are amnesty and guest workers on the one hand -- which would amount to a massive sell-out of the American middle class -- and, on the other hand, a comprehensive enforcement effort that eliminates the reasons why people come and remain in the U.S. illegally," said Stein. "There is a whole smorgasbord of options available to enforce our immigration laws, yet the president is still claiming that there is only one item on the menu."

FAIR, like Numbers USA, also emphasizes the staggering impact on the U.S. population numbers, with accompanying increases in urban sprawl, housing density, and traffic.

If current proposals to increase immigration give legal status to those currently here illegally, and create a new guest worker program were adopted, we likely will be facing the prospect of a population in 2050 of half a billion people. That would be about 200 million more persons than today (a 67% increase). If our policy makers pursue the latter course, our projection is that the country will be on a course to reaching about one billion people by the end of the century.

Well, now there's something you can look forward to for your children and grandchildren. (I don't usually resort to sarcasm, but sometimes I just can't help it.) Overpopulation is one reason -- not the only reason, but a significant one -- that most countries in places like Africa and Latin America remain mired in poverty. Resources keep falling behind ever-growing numbers. Good ol' Compassionate George wants to make sure that we are adding people at a clip like that of sub-Saharan Africa. The Lords of Business have whispered in his ear, and their servant heareth.

So now, having failed to make any rational case for amnesty and a new mass underclass, Señor Bush wants to win by avoiding the battle, on the grounds that he is powerless and incapable against the flood of illegals that his passivity is largely responsible for. But while he doesn't acknowledge it, this is still your country, not his. For how much longer is up to you.

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